APR 1, 2012
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Launches Spanish Audio Guide Tour Press Release
LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST
LAUNCHES SPANISH AUDIO GUIDE TOUR
- Nation’s Only Free Spanish Audio Guide Tour in a Holocaust-related Institution
- Hispanic Leaders Including Congressman Xavier Becerra, City Council Members Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar and LAUSD President Monica Garcia Featured
- 40 Spanish Recordings Totalling 2 Hours and Guiding Visitors through the Core of the Museum’s Exhibition
- Entire Audio Guide Text of Over 500 Prompts Available in Transcript Form in Spanish
LOS ANGELES, CA – April 1, 2012 – Today the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust launched a comprehensive audio guide tour in Spanish. The foreign language version of 40 recordings, totaling over 2 hours of material, allows access to the history of the Holocaust to the vast numbers of our visitors who are Spanish speaking. Over 500 translated transcripts will also appear for Spanish speakers to read in depth.
Many of the Spanish prompts were recorded by significant Hispanic leaders from the Los Angeles area. Among the voices to be heard are State Senator Alex Padilla reading about African American soldiers who liberated concentration camps, Congressman Xavier Becerra talking about Raoul Wallenberg, LAUSD President Monica Garcia discussing Kristallnacht, Federal Appeals Judge Jose Cabranes introducing The World That Was, and L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar narrating the German teen resistance movement The White Rose.
All visitors to the Museum receive an iPod touch audio guide free of charge. The device allows access to individual recordings about specific items on exhibit. It also allows visitors to listen to synchronized audio on any of the many video screens in the Museum.
The guide established Los Angeles Museum of the Holocuast as a leader in multi-media learning when it premiered in October, 2010. It won a 2011 Gold MUSE award from the American Association of Museums for its creators, Potion Design and Variate Labs. One of the most important features of the audio guide system is its ability to include foreign languages. The Museum hopes to add other languages such as Korean, Russian and Chinese to ensure all visitors have a meaningful experience.
Other Holocaust museums provide some level of adaptation for Spanish speaking visitors. But only the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust provides a free, high quality inter-active Spanish experience.
Other Spanish-speaking leaders who recorded prompts for the guide are: L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes, Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez, and Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes.
About Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Holocaust survivors founded the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed. Today the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events. Museum admission is always free. Visit us on-line at www.lamoth.org on the Web.